Episode 1281: The Player’s Chair With Brian Lenihan
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On the World Service today we have one of the most impactful interviews we’ve ever done.
It’s the story of former professional footballer Brian Lenihan who played with Cork City before getting a move to Hull City and winning a call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad in 2014.
In April of this year, aged just 23, Brian was forced to retire from football for his own wellbeing. And in the latest episode of The Player’s Chair, he opens up to Richie about the mental health issues that lay behind that decision to step away from the sport.
— Brian Lenihan (@brian_lenihan12) April 18, 2018
Brian reveals the difficulties he had in coming to terms with his injury, the suicidal thoughts he experienced, and the multiple sessions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) he received as part of his treatment.
It’s a difficult, sometimes dark but compelling interview for The Player’s Chair. Brian hopes his openness will help others who may be going through similar difficulties.
If you are having your own struggles with your mental health, there are plenty of people you can talk to. Among them are the Samaritans – their phone number is 116 123 – or you could go onto their website www.samaritans.ie.
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